Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Arcade; Overhead Maze Game
Author : F. Knock
Standalone Release(s) : 1984: PENGI, Visions, £1.99
Compilation Release(s) : None
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron
Supplier : VISIONS, 1 Felgate Mews, Studland Street, LONDON W6 9JT
Disc compatibility : CDFS E00, DFS E00
Poor old PENGI is locked up in the freezer again! Your job is to try and line up the three spcial "ice-diamond" blocks without being killed by the "snow bees" waiting for you at every turn.
One way to kill them is to kick the blue ice blocks at them, or alternatively you can entice them on to the fence - now you can electrify the fence by giving it a hefty kick - any bees on the fence will now be stunned, long enough for you to run over them and finish them off!
If you can avoid the bees long enough to try and line up the special "ice diamond" blocks (the white ones) then you are rewarded with bonus points; 10,000 for the blocks in the middle of the field, 5,000 points if on the fence.
1. Increasing difficulty with each screen (possible up to 20 screens)
2. Bonus points for lining up the white "ice diamond" blocks; 10,000 points bonus if aligned in mid-field, or 5,000 if lined up along the fence
3. Points gained for killing the "snow bees" (400 points each) (more bees to kill on each screen)
4. A time bonus is also given (bonus screen)
1,000 pts if under 1 minute
3,000 pts if under 40 seconds
5,000 pts if under 20 seconds
5. Extra Life at 30,000 points
6. Bonus screens for lining up "ice diamond" blocks.
100% In/Code Arcade Action, Full Colour & Sound, High Score Table, On Screen Scoring: High Score, Constantly Updated, 20 Multicolour Sprites, Practice Mode - You Don't Get Killed!, On Screen Instructions, Sound Can Be Turned On Or Off
Z - Left, X - Right, * - Up, ? - Down, <SPACE> - Kick
Note that the keys can be redefined.
Instructions' Source : PENGI (Visions) Back and Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
PENGI-type games have become quite popular lately with two or three software houses having their own versions on the market. The game is derived from Pac Man, but Visions' PENGI is far superior to any Pac Man program.
You are in control of a cute little penguin who is trapped in a maze made up of large ice blocks inhabited by snow bees. The object of the game is to line up three special white ice diamond blocks without being caught by the snow bees. Fortunately, these can be killed by squashing them with an ice block which slides along if you push it.
The graphics are excellent as is the sound, and I found it to be difficult enough just avoiding the snow bees, never mind lining up the ice diamond blocks. There is a high score table of famous penguins, on-screen scoring, re-definable keys and a practice mode in which you can't be killed. If you're into arcade games, you will love this one.
Roland Waddilove, ELECTRON USER 2. 4